Selsey lifeboat rescues seasick and fatigued yacht crew

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THE SELSEY lifeboat went to the aid of a yacht with a fatigued skipper and a seasick crew member on Saturday evening (July 11).

Solent Coastguard received an emergency call from the nine-metre yacht Arabella, reporting it was in trouble 3.5 nautical miles south of Selsey Lifeboat Station.

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“The yacht had two crew on board, one who was seasick and the skipper who was suffering fatigue after being on the tiller for eight hours,” said Max Gilligan, from Selsey RNLI.

The Selsey all-weather lifeboat (ALB) with seven volunteer crew launched at 8.08pm and located the vessel at 8.25pm.

“The skipper of the Arabella requested a lifeboat crewman be transferred to his vessel to assist and at 8.31pm two crewmen from the lifeboat were successfully transferred to the yacht,” said Max. “One of the lifeboat crew relieved the skipper on the tiller whilst the other checked the condition of the sick man.

“The first plan was to escort the yacht to Chichester harbour but because of the condition of the crew it was decided to go to Selsey and put the yacht on the lifeboat moorings.”

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